Cavium (NASDAQ: CAVM) is one of 105 public companies in the “Semiconductors” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Cavium to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Cavium and its peers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cavium 0 5 13 0 2.72
Cavium Competitors 1147 5255 8799 409 2.54

Cavium presently has a consensus price target of $77.13, suggesting a potential upside of 13.55%. As a group, “Semiconductors” companies have a potential upside of 13.87%. Given Cavium’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cavium has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

Cavium has a beta of 1.25, suggesting that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cavium’s peers have a beta of 1.07, suggesting that their average stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cavium and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Cavium $865.94 million $79.41 million -22.95
Cavium Competitors $4.52 billion $1.30 billion 83.90

Cavium’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Cavium. Cavium is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.4% of Cavium shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.2% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.7% of Cavium shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Cavium and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cavium -22.82% 5.94% 2.78%
Cavium Competitors -47.59% -0.30% -0.29%


Cavium beats its peers on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Cavium

Cavium, Inc. is a provider of integrated semiconductor processors that enable intelligent processing for wired and wireless infrastructure and cloud for networking, communications, storage and security applications. The Company’s products consist of multi-core processors for embedded and data center applications, network connectivity for server and switches, storage connectivity, and security processors for offload and appliance. A range of its products also include a suite of embedded security protocols that enable unified threat management (UTM), secure connectivity, network perimeter protection and deep packet inspection (DPI). The Company sells its products to networking original equipment manufacturers (OEM), which sell into the enterprise, datacenter, service provider, and broadband and consumer markets. In the enterprise market, its products are used in routers, switches, storage appliances, server connectivity for networking and storage, wireless local area networks and UTM.

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